OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton women's golf team braved windy conditons on Monday and stands in fourth place after round one of the Creighton Classic. The meet, which features seven teams and 49 players overall on the 6,110-yard, par-72 layout of Oak Hills Country Club, concludes on Tuesday.
As the average score of 91.00 attests to, conditions were blustery. The course yielded just 23 birdies all day among the 49 players in the field, and only five players had more than one birdie.
Creighton collected a team score of 352 and was paced by an 86 from sophomore Celeste Gassman, good for 10th place. Maggie Kersenbrock and Ashley Norris each carded an 88 to tie for 14th place, while Maggy Hejlek fired a 90 to tie for 21st after one round. Jill Stuckenschneider shot a 93 to tie for 31st, and her score was dropped.
South Dakota State led all teams with a 339 after one round. Brittany Hanten and Rachel Hanigan both carded 83's to lead the Jackrabbits, with Katie Purcell's 85 not far behind in a tie for seventh place. SDSU owns a seven-shot lead in the team standings over defending champion Northern Iowa.
The top player overall is Amy Anderson from North Dakota State, who had a 78 to lead Concordia-St. Paul's Molly Noser by three shots. Anderson won last year's event by six strokes with a two-round aggregate of 149.
The second and final round of the Creighton Classic finishes on Tuesday. Tee times start at 9:13 am, with players going off both No. 1 and No. 10 tees at that time.